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Electronic Book Readers Prohibited By ADA

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (DOE) sent out letters to colleges and universities regarding electronic book readers.  Due to not having a text-to-speech function, these devices are "not accessible to students who are blind or have low vision." 

 

Requiring the use of these devices in a classroom is discrimination prohibited by "the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)." The DOJ is responsible for enforcing and implementing title III of the ADA, which covers private colleges and universities. The DOE is responsible for enforcing and implementing title II of the ADA, which covers public universities. The DOE is also responsible for Section 504 "with respect to public and private colleges and universities that receive federal financial assistance from the [DOE]."

Individuals with disabilities must "receive an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from these goods and services..." To read the letter in its entirety click here

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